In the best of all possible worlds, two dedicated Brome Lake physiotherapists would work themselves out of a job.
Amy Rogerson and Karine Tcholkyan share a growing practice on Knowlton Road. Though a fair share of their patients fall into the Ancient Jocks demographic – or as they diplomatically define them,“active retirees” – an increasing number of middle-aged clients and kids seek out their healing hands and cutting-edge technique.
Two spring conferences define their preventative medical approach. Running Without Injury was the title of the first, in early April. The timely Healthy Gardener is next, free and bilingual at Centre-Lac-Brome, May 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Two more, aimed at demystifying lower back pain, sciatica and osteoarthritis, are planned for this fall.
“Physio doesn’t just treat injury,” says Rogerson, a Townships native who opened her own clinic four years ago. “We promote global health as well.”
She and Tcholkyan share a philosophy of exercise-based rehabilitation, as anyone who has submitted to their ministrations will attest. “Exercise is the tool of choice. We look to the evidence to support what we do.”
Rogerson isn’t just talking the ontrend talk. A graduate of Concordia University with a B.Sc in Exercise Science, where she and Tcholkyan first met, she did her Masters in Physiotherapy at Western in Ontario, while her colleague took a similar path at Halifax’s Dalhousie University.
Rogerson began applying her education for Hockey Canada’s National Development Teams, and took on the taxing role of Head Therapist during the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke. In her spare time she had a couple of babies, worked part-time at a booming physio clinic in Magog, and taught at Université de Sherbrooke.
She may have been a little relieved when Tcholkyan – a former Montrealer relocated to Bromont – signed on last year after her own maternity leave to help with the heavy lifting in a busy practice.
“We share common ground on personal and professional levels. We both balance careers and young families.”
The knowledge-driven Rogerson was initially “apprehensive about keeping up with development in the field while living in a small town, but linking in with the program at Univeristy de Sherbrooke has kept me up to date.”
Now the question is, how big do they get. They have help from young colleagues Laurence Théorêt and Vicky Fyfe caring for the local Ducks Rugby Club and hockey and rugby programs at Massey-Vanier High School. They may dream of teaching their way to a healthy client list and early retirement, but human nature suggests they will be working for a long time to come.